My first Futurismic post: it’s all about me! Me! Me!

Edward Willett @ 17-09-2007

A photo of Edward Willett First posts are fraught with danger–"you never get a second chance to make a first impression," and all that–but at least in this instance the nerve-wracking decision of what to post about has been taken out of my hands: I’m supposed to introduce myself. (Which also removes the fear of blabbing on about something I know nothing about, I suppose: bonus!)

So. I’m Edward Willett, one of your new Futurismic bloggers. My interest in science fiction goes back to childhood, thanks to the corrupting influence of my two older brothers, and my interest in science stems very much from my interest in SF. I was born in New Mexico, but moved to Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada from Texas when I was eight. I studied journalism and art at Harding University in Arkansas, then returned to Weyburn, where I was a newspaper reporter/photographer/columnist/editor/cartoonist (it was a smallish paper) for eight years, before chucking it all in and becoming communications officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre here in Regina, where I now live.

In 1993 I dumped the workaday life to become a fulltime freelance writer. I’m the author of more than 30 books. First came computer books, then I branched into children’s nonfiction, which I continue to write, on topics that have run the gamut from Ebola Virus to the Iran-Iraq War to biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Orson Scott Card, Janis Joplin and J.R.R. Tolkien (coming soon: Johnny Cash and Andy Warhol!). I’ve also written adult non-fiction, including Genetics Demystified for McGraw-Hill.

Somewhere along the way I sold a few young adult science fiction and fantasy novels to small publishers. In 2005 I sold my first adult science fiction novel, Lost in Translation, to Five Star, and in 2006 DAW Books put it out in mass-market paperback. I have a new science fiction novel, Marseguro, coming out from DAW in February.

I’m the administrative assistant for SF Canada, the association of professional speculative fiction writers of Canada, and maintain the SF Canada news blog. My own personal blog is here.

I write a weekly newspaper science column, which I also podcast. I’m married to a telecommunications engineer and have one daughter. (Oh, and on the side, I’m a professional actor and singer, so if I sneak in a few references to SFnal musical theatre productions, you’ll know why.)

Whew! I’m glad that’s out of the way. That’s way more than enough about me. Now I can think about my first real post…

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Adventures In A Futurismic World

Tomas Martin @ 17-09-2007

Greetings. My name is Tomas L. Martin, one of the new faces here at Futurismic. I’m a writer and physics student from Bristol, England. I’ve been writing book reviews for SFCrowsnest for years now and if I link to a book I’ve been enjoying, I’ll probably include a link to my review. My short story ‘A Shogun’s Welcome’ featured in Aberrant Dreams #7 and a semi-sequel, ‘The Shogun and The Scientist’ will be out in the anthology The Awakening this January.

Anyone interested in reading my fictional work today could do worse than read miawithoutoil, my fictional blog for the World Without Oil project, in which every day of May this year documented a week of a global oil crisis.

On this blog I hope to produce many posts that will pique the interest of readers. In this strange world, I’m especially interested in some of the major changes happening before our eyes so expect a few entries on climate change, alternative energy and peak oil as well as any other cool stuff I come across on my web travels.


Taking my first baby steps

Jeremy Eades @ 16-09-2007

Hello all!  My name’s Jeremy Eades and I’ll be one of the new Futurismic bloggers.  Originally from the Midwestern US, I’ve pulled up roots and am currently teaching English in Japan.  Besides travelling, cycling and long walks on the beach, I’m a voracious reader – a difficult and expensive proposition in a non English-speaking country.  I’ve also got a pipe dream of becoming an influential and powerful writer with an army of minions fans, but I think you have to write before you can become a writer.

In any case, I’ll be bringing you the latest in cool stuff the pulp sci-fi writers of the 50s only dreamed of, and other science fiction-y goodness.


Fresh blood – Futurismic staff update

Paul Raven @ 16-09-2007

Well, I received a lot more applicants for blogging positions here at Futurismic than I expected to, which was immensely flattering – even though it was hard work to pick between them all, because they were all of great quality. Thanks to everyone who showed an interest – and apologies to those who didn’t make the cut!

But the editorial choices have been made, and the next few days should involve some new faces cropping up at Futurismic – four new bloggers, eager to share the cool and interesting stuff they come across in their daily web adventures! I’m sure you’ll be welcoming to them all, and I hope you (and they) enjoy the refreshing influx of new voices!

As always, thanks for reading – you’re the people who really make Futurismic what it is, and we’re looking forward to making it bigger and better than ever before.

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Futurismic needs YOU!

Paul Raven @ 12-09-2007

Futuristic City - digital art image by P1X3L

OK, ladies and gents – Futurismic is looking for a few good bloggers.

What we need from you is enthusiasm for the sort of topics we cover here (science fictional near-future phenomena and technogeekery with a slant toward the plausible), a commitment to doing at least one post per weekday (or more if you like), and some sort of writing experience, be it as a blogger or anything else.

What can we offer you in return? The chance for your writing to reach a wider audience, and to share your enthusiasm for science fiction literature and the ideas it deals with. What we can’t offer you is money – the only people who have ever made money from Futurismic are the authors of the short stories we publish, because that’s what the site is all about. The Futurismic team do it for the love – no matter how much our families and loved ones may rue us for it sometimes!

Still interested? Good! Drop me (Paul Raven) an email to the address hyperlinked in my name on the staff page. Put ‘Futurismic blogger enquiry’ in the title so as not to get caught in my spam traps, and send me the following:

  • A short paragraph about yourself and your relationship to science fiction
  • Links to your own blog, or other writing of yours available online
  • A couple of samples of the sort of post you’d contribute to Futurismic – we’re happy for you to have your own voice, indeed we’d prefer you to, but we like to keep things fairly short and snappy. If you follow the site regularly, you should know what I mean.

I’ll read them through, and get back to you as soon as I possibly can. Looking forward to hearing from you! [Awesome Futuristic City image borrowed from P1X3L]


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